I don't know about you, but I drink coffee for steam and energy. But if you say a cocktail can do the same — well sure, twist my arm. I find though, sadly, that I get a bit dopey after this cocktail (like all others) — the alcohol has its usual slowing effects. It takes just one, not four, to reach the state of Harry Craddock's warning, "Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again." So I'll stick to coffee for waking up in the morning, but in the late afternoons, this is my current cocktail of choice.
Why? It's such a simple cocktail, just right for those stunned post-work evenings. Very few measurements to remember: Just mix sweet digestivo wine (like Lillet, or my current favorite, Cocchi Americano — watch for more on that soon) with dry gin, aromatic orange liqueur, and bright lemon juice. Add a dash of absinthe or Pernod for depth and pep and shake it all up. It's a dead easy (sorry for the pun) cocktail, and one that's simple to mix up pitcher style then shake off one by one for a crowd. It's tangy, floral, sweet, balanced — the ultimate grown-up lemonade.
• Read more about Corpse Reviver-style cocktails: Spirits: Corpse revivers, the original energy drink by Jason Wilson at The Washington Post
The Corpse Reviver #2, Americano Cocchi-Stylemakes one drink
3/4 ounce Americano Cocchi (or Lillet Blanc)
3/4 ounce Cointreau (or triple sec)
3/4 ounce dry gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon Pernod (or absinthe)
Combine all ingredients in shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds then strain into coupe. Drink immediately.
(Images: Faith Durand)